Tuesday, 5 December 2017

A FORK IN THE ROAD...


FOUR STAGES of Man - FINAL COMMENT

Ethics is the final preliminary to the human destiny stage.

Of itself, it can take a human all the way to freedom from suffering.

One step further is Awakening.

The tentacle, emptied of Ego viewpoints, is just an eye for the Centre itself. The function of the tentacle is, therefore, just to see accurately, so that the Centre sees accurately. It is then the Centre, with all its resources, that responds, not the tentacle.

Obviously if the tentacle is a doctor and the seeing is a road accident, he will respond with his individual skills, too.

But for the seeing of major expanses of evil and suffering, which can cause even the most able and compassionate man to lose heart (There’s nothing I can do! or even Nothing can be done!), accurate seeing is all that is required. The resources of the Centre respond. The burden of responsibility is removed from the individual tentacle.

The final, and intended, stage of human development is reached.

Q. And what about the Egoistic knowledge of outside that we have relied upon for so long for our responses to the world outside?
A. It is replaced by conscience = knowing from within (i.e. from the Centre itself) e.g. What is on your plate?


Tuesday, 14 November 2017

THE FOURTH STAGE


The Second Stage is, like the caterpillar's.  Eating. Eating. Physical and mental food. To make the body healthy and strong and the mind well-informed and ready for


The Third Stage. Digestion. With the body healthy and the mind fully fed (no more experience or information needed), so that the simple but profound Truth about everything dawns in


The Fourth Stage. The tentacle AWAKES!


Tuesday, 15 August 2017

STAGE ONE: EGG (NOT BIOLOGICAL)


BUT SIMILAR to the first stage Lepidoptera insects go through. Appearing out of not-knowing-where-from as an
                                           egg,

and on its way, through a complicated metamorphosis, to its unimaginable DESTINY:
                                 a BUTTERFLY!         

AND MAN? Appearing out of not-knowing-where-from as an 
egg,

and on its way, through a complicated metamorphosis,
  to its unimaginable DESTINY as
 ?

                                                                                         NO!



Saturday, 12 August 2017

THE FOUR STAGES OF MAN


Shakespeare’s version, the Seven Ages of Man, is the biological version of the Stages of Man,


        A Man's Life
        decaying 
        in Seven Ages.
        A story of flesh and bones.

        Dressed up,
        playing
        imaginary roles,
        on imaginary stages.

        It never gets beyond
        epitaphs on tombstones.




PRELUDE TO NEXT PROJECT

Prelude:


      SEVEN AGES OF MAN

All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slippered pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

Monologue from William Shakespeare's As You Like It, spoken by the melancholy Jaques in Act II Scene VII.
He died aged 52 following a drinking binge, but he got no further than his destination, a tombstone in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-on-Avon, which sums up the short-sightedness of his life’s achievements.

Good friend, for Jesus' sake forebeare
To digg the dust enclosed heare;
Bleste be the man that spares thes stones,
And curst be he that moves my bones.
 

NEW PROJECT: THE FOUR STAGES OF MAN




Wednesday, 2 August 2017

EXEMPLARY BEHAVIOUR

   
  It matters not how strait the gate, 
  How charged with punishments the scroll,

  I am the master of my fate, 
  I am the captain of my soul. 

As with so many things, it is the ego that gets in the way of exemplary behaviour. Non-exemplary behaviour involves putting oneself first without having a good reason to do so. This can be wilful - people stealing or deliberately choosing the biggest portion. Or it can be unconscious or unintentional - people being loud without consideration for others on the train.

It is the tentacle not realising it is part of the Centre. If one is aware of the connection, then exemplary behaviour is automatic - it doesn’t require deliberation, just as the different parts of the body automatically work together for the common good.


The KARMA PROJECT showed it can be done. Take over the causes and the effects take care of themselves (Diet and lose weight?)
The current PROJECT, EXEMPLARY BEHAVIOUR, shows what should be done in order to be happy and help others be happy.
The next project indicates the route to humanity's destiny.      -Gnome

PRELUDE TO NEXT PROJECT: SEVEN AGES OF MAN 


Saturday, 3 June 2017

KARMA


If you have been clearing your In-tray, you are ready to take advantage of the New Project.  If you haven’t been clearing your In-tray, the New Project is waiting to take advantage of you!


New Project: KARMA 

(probably the most important project we have ever had...)


Project Comment:

If you have made good use of this project, you are in a position to take advantage of the follow-up project.
You can take advantage of the Causal aspect of Karma instead of being eternally (yes eternally) shunted along by the Effect aspect.

If you haven’t, if another project has just slid across the face of your computer, then you have slipped further back down the Snakes and Ladders board which is Life, through the intestines of another short snake.
The lower rows of the Snakes and Ladders board (from which you have emerged) are not places to linger in. They are generally engulfed in Thīna-Middha, Sloth and Torpor, and are very difficult to get out of.

If you make it a genuine new start, you get the best of the past as a bonus. A win/win opportunity.



New Project: EXEMPLARY BEHAVIOUR




Tuesday, 11 April 2017

UPDATE!

Unfinished business from the Past creates the Future and leaves no room for the Present. Hören Sie gut zu, Mr. Eckhart?





Monday, 20 March 2017

WHAT IS CONSCIENCE? CONSCIENCE IS UNFINISHED BUSINESS


CONSCIENCE = UNFINISHED BUSINESS


PROJECT COMMENT


CONSCIENCE: Con = together, in common.  SCIENCE = knowing, knowledge. Therefore, Knowledge in Common, COMMON KNOWLEDGE. From deep down inside. Not superficial individual or group knowledge. Compare Common-sense.

Most knowledge is concerned with My/Our best interests. I /WE WANT IT.
Real COMMON KNOWLEDGE is concerned with RIGHT and WRONG.   IT’S NOT YOURS.

So where does the UNFINISHED BUSINESS come in?

KNOW is a SENSE. Just as SEE is a sense. Senses are activated when there is a relevant OBJECT.
What do you see? I see a tree. If there were no tree, you wouldn’t see it.
What do you know? What are you conscious of? Unfinished business. If there were no unfinished business, you wouldn't know/be conscious of it.

Unfinished business?
What you have started and not finished.
Uncompleted cycles.
What others have started, which it is your responsibility to finish.
Things you have done, which you shouldn’t have done (started), and not put right (finished).
Things you have not done, which you should have done and not put right (by doing them).

If you see a tree and close your eyes, you will say you don’t see it. But don’t say it isn’t there. With your eyes closed, you are likely to walk into it.
If there is unfinished business (an acorn that you planted?) and you close your inner seeing eye, you can say you don’t see it. But don’t say it isn’t there. 

        It is easier to chop down
an acorn
than an oak. 

The branch you bang
your head on
is an acorn
that you missed.   


(Don’t put it off too long or the tree might become old enough and big enough to fall on top of you!) 


Unfinished business from the Past creates the Future and leaves no room for the Present.  Hören Sie gut zu, Mr. Eckhart?

 

NEW PROJECT:  UPDATE!



Sunday, 19 March 2017

POSTSCRIPT TO THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE


EGO’s been on his perch
in the old Knowledge Tree
for more than a million years
and, through the power of its corrupted fruit,
has eased his way into millions of human minds,
filling them and their bodies
and everything else
with millions and millions
of tears.

After this long and fruitless search
for something that doesn’t exist
push him off his perch.

 Deprived of the drunken separatism,
 that keeps him in his place,
 he simply evaporates.

 Is it good to discover and feel
 old Ego has never
 been for real?

 My task
 (and yours)
  is
 (and always has been)
  to get rid of you and me
  to get rid of us and them
  to get rid of was and will be
  to get rid of should and should not
  to get rid of might and mightn’t
  is
 (and always has been)
  to wake up
  from the dreams of our identities
  and find ourselves
  Here
  where we are always seen
  Now
  where we have always been. 


NEW PROJECT:

WHAT  IS  CONSCIENCE?  CONSCIENCE  IS  UNFINISHED BUSINESS





Saturday, 11 March 2017

THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE - FINAL COMMENT


Using the diagrams of the Universal Octopus in the first chapters of CENTRE we can see where the Project leads.

When the first nodules appear on the circumference of the One and develop an eye to see the apparent outside of itself, the possibility of duality and separatism is there.

Not inevitable. You could develop an eye on your fingers in order to inspect your back without them feeling separate from each other and the rest of your body.

But that is what happened.

Identification with apparently separate forms. Perception of space which places oneself here and others in a place called “there”. The slipping in of an illusory ego (“ego” literally means “one”) which extends an identification with body to include identification with mind….. And humans are on the way to cultivate the Tree of Knowledge (and get drunk on its fruit) for most of the span of human consciousness. Possibly until their extinction. If we can’t find a solution.

But you can’t cure drunkenness with more alcohol. And this is exactly what we are still trying to do.

Wise men have offered a solution. But there is no money in it. No enhancement of Ego.

Unless, of course, what the wise men say can be modified to allow for churches (and church leaders posing as powerful nobles) and educational establishments (and teachers posing as sources of what you must pay to learn).

In these establishments, the fruits of the known and all our “yesterdays” can be garnered and used to indoctrinate those who haven’t been on the planet long enough to know them (i.e. the children). The children have mostly come already possessing (in common with the rest of creation) the fruit of the Tree of Life. Livingness. And in the Present. This is why it is such a joy to watch most very young humans (and not only young humans) playing freely and happily together before they are rounded up for the mental treadmill.

One of the wise men actually indicated this as a way out for humanity after so many million years of going astray.

“Except ye become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom
of heaven”


But this did not find favour with those in power (of Ego). They confiscated the fruits of the Tree of Life (Innocence) and killed the man.

All contemporary attempts to solve the problems of humans and the wreckage they have worked on our planet are flawed. Because they are based on knowledge = separatism. You do not try to solve a problem with the problem itself. Unless, that is, there is money to be made in just trying. Irrespective of success. Which there is, in this case, especially if there is no success.

On the other hand, we cannot set all the innocents free and trust Providence to provide for them. Because it won’t.

But there is a Solution.

Dislodge the Ego from its grasp on the Tree of Knowledge and leave the tree to fulfil its allotted span. Without the foothold of false identification, Ego will evaporate away.


A human who is not in the control of the illusory Ego is innocent. Innocent means harmless. An innocent does not intentionally harm any other living being.

This has nothing to do with laws, commandments, resolutions. Moses scratched THOU SHALT NOT KILL on a stone. He and Joshua went off and destroyed sixty cities in Canaan, massacring the inhabitants as they went.  Canaan was the name of a large and prosperous country, which corresponds roughly to present-day Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Israel.

Replace the Ego’s proprietorship of the Tree itself with that of Awakened Innocence. This is the natural, unlearned state of human consciousness.

Gradually, all the evils resulting from knowledge will be filtered out.

What are these evils? Man’s inhumanity to man and all other living beings; the way big business and big money have gobbled up the natural resources of Nature, especially in the poor Third World; the persistent ill treatment of all other living beings; endless wars…

Replace all ethical systems which take the form of resolutions, or laws, or commandments or precepts which require knowledge or educational systems (and money) to administer (enforce) them. Replace them with a simple ethic which corresponds exactly to the natural and original state of innocence.

"I do not do to other living beings what I do not want done to me."


At a stroke, this places the Tree of Knowledge within the jurisdiction of non-dualistic universal friendliness.

The One and the Many rediscover their eternal Oneness. Unless Ego creeps back in, that’s the end of the problem. You can have a version of separatism without senseless self-destruction. Your fingers can use their eyes to explore your back without fighting each other for possession and causing damage to your (and their) skin!

·         Love thy neighbour as thyself. But don’t restrict love to human                 neighbours. (Think of the Sun. It shines on everyone.)



There are two kinds of knowledge:
  •  I see and then know my feet. I don’t see/know them as separate and try and leave them outside with my shoes.
  • I know and then see another. I see him from a separatist point of view. I know him as separate; enemy, friend, competitor, rival, food, opportunity. I fit him into my world.

In the present, you see what is here now. If you bring in knowledge before you see, it comes from the past. You superimpose it upon your present. You are lost. And you will try and superimpose it upon everyone else’s present. Just as someone may have imposed it on you.


Sunday, 22 January 2017

THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE

ANCIENT UNSOLVED PROBLEM

MANFRED: But grief should be the instructor of the wise;
Sorrow is knowledge: they who know the most
Must mourn the deepest o’er the fatal truth,
The Tree of Knowledge is not that of Life.
                                                       Byron



       Science is much too important
        to be left to Mathematicians.

        E = MC2
        Einstein the Pacifist. Explosion. Hiroshima.

        M = E
                C2
       God the Creator. Implosion. The Universe.
                                                                   -Gnome